Thanks for that Kara. I am finding it really hard to keep Bella in one place so have put a diaper on her. She doesnt rest too much and seem quite normal. its been 5 days already and her bleeding is still strong - but think its managable.
Havent yet decided whether I should let her litter once and then spay her or just spay after the first one. Still confused
She's still my little baby and wont get her to mate till she;s 2 years old.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't breed your girl unless you have:
A pup with very strong bloodlines
Have shown her to her championship to prove that she is correct and typey in the eyes of objective experts
Have done ALL appropriate health testing and recorded the results with OFA:
CERF (every year)
Have the knowledge to choose a mate for your dog who has ALSO had all his health testing, and is a good match for the strengths and weaknesses in your dog (this can easily cost $2000 or more)
Have the knowledge to properly care for your dog through her pregnancy and whelping, and to properly raise the puppies after they arrive and/or have an experienced breeder/mentor who will help you through this
Understand that if you are a responsible, ethical breeder, you will be responsible for the puppies you produce FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES!!! If the future owners of your puppies find AT ANY TIME IN THE LIFE OF THE DOG that they are not able to care for the dog, you should be willing to take the dog back and either keep it or re-home it as is appropriate
Understand there is a real and significant risk to the life of your precious pet every time she is bred.
Only if the answer to EVERY ONE of these questions is "yes", should you even consider breeding your dog. We all think our pets are "the best"... and they are, for us. That does NOT mean they are worthy breeding stock, OR that _we_ have the skills, time and MONEY that it costs to breed them.